Obama seeks $500 million from Congress to help moderate Syrian rebels

Jun 27, 2014

Obama seeks $500 million from Congress to help moderate Syrian rebels

President Barack Obama, under pressure from some lawmakers to provide more help to Syria’s opposition, asked Congress on Thursday to approve $500 million to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels seeking to oust President Bashar Assad. It was the administration’s most tangible move yet ...

Sunni uprising in Iraq wins support in gulf

Jun 24, 2014

Sunni uprising in Iraq wins support in gulf

The Sunni uprising in Iraq has received enthusiastic support from many Persian Gulf Arabs, despite official unease over the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, branded a terrorist group by governments in the region. While public opinion is hard to gauge in the ...

Jun 24, 2014

Syria teens 'recruited to fight,' report says

Syrian rebel factions have recruited teenagers as young as 15 to fight in the country’s civil war, using them in roles ranging from soldiers and snipers to stretcher bearers and suicide bombers, a rights group said. Human Rights Watch said rebel groups across the ...

Syria hands over last declared chemical weapons

Jun 24, 2014

Syria hands over last declared chemical weapons

Syria finished handing over to Western powers Monday the 1,300 tons of chemical weapons it acknowledged possessing, completing a deal reached last fall under threat of U.S. airstrikes. The most dangerous material will be transferred to an American ship, which will move into international ...

Sunni militants blitz through western Iraq, capturing four more towns

Jun 23, 2014

Sunni militants blitz through western Iraq, capturing four more towns

Sunni militants have swept across the vast desert of western Iraq, capturing four towns and three border crossings and deepening the predicament of Nouri al-Maliki’s Shiite-led government in Baghdad. The latest military victories — including two border posts captured Sunday, one along the frontier ...

Iraqi, Syria conflicts feed off each other

Jun 22, 2014

Iraqi, Syria conflicts feed off each other

In a reflection of how intertwined the conflicts in Syria and Iraq have become, thousands of Shiite Iraqi militiamen helping President Bashar Assad crush the Sunni-led uprising against him are returning home, putting a strain on the overstretched Syrian military as it struggles to ...

Sunni militants capture northern Iraqi town

Jun 16, 2014

Sunni militants capture northern Iraqi town

Sunni militants captured a key northern Iraqi town along the highway to Syria early on Monday, compounding the woes of Iraq’s Shiite-led government a week after it lost a vast swath of territory to insurgents in the country’s north. The town of Tal Afar, ...

Turmoil tearing up old map of the Middle East

| Jun 16, 2014

Turmoil tearing up old map of the Middle East

Working in secret, European diplomats drew up the borders that have defined the Middle East’s nations for nearly a century — but now civil war, sectarian bloodshed and leadership failures threaten to rip that map apart. In the decades since independence, Arab governments have ...